As a new teacher to Te Rapa Primary I'd like to take the opportunity to introduce myself so...here I am in a nutshell - my name is Shaun Wright, I have been teaching for 14 years in all year groups from Year 1 to Year 8. My most recent role was at St Columba’s School where I spent a large chunk of my teaching career thus far. I was the Health & PE leader there for the past 5 years. I come to Te Rapa Primary bringing my enthusiasm for teaching and learning and I am looking forward to sharing that enthusiasm with your children.
I’m married and have 3 wonderful boys (Ethan 26, Xander 9 & Nicholas 7). We are involved in Hockey and Touch, and I have also been involved in martial arts earning a Sensei belt before repetitive injuries forced me out (for now).
My goal as a teacher is to educate through fun and engaging activities and conversations. It is important that your children develop confidence in all that they do and to not be afraid to make mistakes along their learning journey - I will work hard to allow this to happen.
Feel free to come and meet me before school on Mon, Tues, Wed or Fri, otherwise after school on Wed, Thurs or Fri.
This encourages them to take charge of being ready to learn and also helps them to monitor their own learning. This learning will help to ensure that they will be prepared for future years of learning.
Criteria for being an Independent Learner:
I ask myself these questions frequently, ‘Do I know what I am supposed to be doing?’ ‘Am I doing it?’ The independent learner would answer, ‘Yes’ to both questions on a regular basis.
I plan my time carefully on a task so that I can ensure I finish it.
I look after all of my own learning resources. If I misplace something it is my own learning that suffers.
I am ready to start at the beginning of the day, with a clear and organised desk as well as a clear and organised frame of mind.
I know the best way to learn is to ask questions of others when I do not understand. The person that sits and begins to stress about not knowing, will never know.
I work quickly and quietly on set tasks so that I can maximise my own learning but I am also conscious of the learning needs of others.
I set realistic goals and work hard to achieve them as I can see that education plays a very important part in my future.
Our students should be gaining confidence using the Scholastic Literacy Pro Programme. Literacy Pro is designed to develop successful readers by evaluating their reading abilities and motivating them to read more at appropriately challenging levels. This will be used in the classroom as part of our reading programme and we encourage our students to use this as part of their reading at home too. Please take an interest in this with your child. Have them read some of the text aloud to you and share their quiz responses with you. If you have any questions about this programme please do not hesitate to contact me.
The syndicate has introduced an Interclass award so the more Literacy Pro students can do at home the better to help their class win the fortnightly award.
Term 4 Activities:
Word Work - Long vowel sounds
Written Language – Narrative Writing (Storytelling) and developing structure and language choice to suit a particular purpose and audience
Reading – Guided Silent Reading (Non-Fiction and Fiction) providing responses and reasoning to demonstrate understanding and Novel Studies
Maths – PR1ME Mathematics Programme, basic facts and number knowledge
Big Idea – Energy - It comes in many forms - solar, electrical, wind
Health & PE – Athletics and fitness games, Swimming (when weather permits)
Maori – Kapahaka and Maori Language - Feelings, Animals and Instructions
Competencies & Values – Learning Logs – Goal Setting, Reflecting on Learning
The students of Room 12 will continue to have a fortnightly Home Learning Contract in Term 4. The items listed on the contract with a ☺ next to it are ‘Must Do’ activities and need to be completed and signed by a parent/caregiver.
The ‘Must Do’ activities each week are:
Reading for a minimum of 15 minutes each Monday-Thursday, including using Literacy Pro
Reading aloud to a parent/caregiver 2-3 times a week or have them read aloud to you
Practising basic facts + - x ÷
When your child reads aloud to you they do not have to read a whole story and this could be a variety of material from Literacy Pro, to a recipe or an article in which you are both interested. Once you have heard your child read, please talk to them about what they have read. Have them tell you the main points or maybe explain what a difficult word means.
Learning and practising basic facts + - x ÷ is very important for Year 5 & 6 students. Having fast recall of these makes learning Maths easier and gives students confidence when learning new concepts. Please get your child started with this and then encourage it to happen independently. Some students who have slower recall should practise 3-4 times a week and those who are accurate and faster maybe only 1-2 times a week. There are so many ways to practise basic facts but my advice is to keep the sessions short and vary it so learning them does not become boring.
Some ways to practise basic facts:
Using counters or dice
Writing them out
Times table poster or placemat
Websites such as Hit the Button or Prototec and Basic Facts Apps on a device
Other tasks on the contract will be suggestions of other learning your child could do at home. Some of these tasks will involve practising independence and also manual tasks to develop skills as a growing member of your family. Other tasks will vary and will be optional.
At the end of each fortnight students who have collected the required signatures for completing ‘Must Do’ home learning tasks will be rewarded.
Swimming will begin in the later part of Term 4, weather dependent. Further information will come home as we get closer to summer.
With the weather hopefully warming up during Term 4, please encourage your child to bring a hat to school to wear outside during playtime and lunchtime to ensure they are Sun Smart! There is sunblock available for students to reapply when they need to during the day.
Up and Coming Events for Term 4
Parent Camp Meeting for Term 1, 2020 (Current Year 4’s and 5’s): Thursday 17th October, 7pm in school Staffroom
Labour Day - No School: Monday 28th October
Year 5-8 Athletics Day at Porritt Stadium: Tuesday 12th November
Book Week/Fair: Week 6
Whanau Evening: Wednesday 27th November
Year 5 & 6 Disco: Thursday 28th November
Interschool Athletics: Tuesday 3rdDecember
Syndicate Big Day Out: Thursday 12th December, more information to come later in the term
Prize Giving – Wednesday 18th December
Final Day - Friday 20th December